"My sciatica experience"
Posted by DM14 (as ),
I was admitted to ward 2a from the A&E dept after being brought in by ambulance with acute sciatica.
I was given morphine for my excruciating pain, which did not help, so was taken for x-rays. I was told a Doctor would meet me on the ward to go over my x-rays and try other meds. There was no Doctor on the ward, nurse told me a Doctor from A&E should have admitted me. Because of this mix up I could not get any meds as I was not on the "system".
A Doctor finally came at 11. 30 that night, examined me, said I had sciatica, then sent in a nurse with meds and the instruction from the doctor that I could go home when I was ready!
I was still in excruciating pain and could not weight bear. The nurses on the ward could not do enough to help me, they were great.
On my 7th night there, I too was woken up at 4. 30 in the morning and told I was being moved to CDU ward as trauma patient needed my bed. The nurses again were very apologetic and helpful.
Once in CDU I could not get any meds at usual time of 8am, I was told by nurse I had to wait until lunchtime as ward 2a has an electronic system for dispensing and CDU still work on a paper system. Could they not have printed out my meds and given them to me or the nurses to pass on? By this time I was in a lot more pain, disorientated, anxious and emotional. This had a detrimental effect on my well being and my confidence. Had I been told previously this move may happen I could have been more prepared for it.
I was not fully informed of all aspects of my care journey as suggested on your notice boards.
Thankfully I have had the greatest of care from my consultant and their team.
Many thanks to all staff on 2a
Thanks also to a staff member in CDU and the physio staff.